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County of Wetaskiwin News

Posted on: March 12, 2020

Response to COVID-19

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Update: May 1, 2020

In order to help ease the financial burden on residents who may be struggling through these difficult times, County Council resolved to cancel the 6% penalty on unpaid taxes as of September 1, 2020. View News Release.

Update: April 16, 2020

In order to help ease the financial burden on residents who may be struggling through these difficult times, County Council resolved at the April 14th Council meeting to forgive penalties on utility accounts and accounts receivable for the period of March 1st to September 1st, 2020. View News Release.

Update: April 7, 2020 

News Release regarding AHS reporting of COVID-19. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now displayed by rural municipalities, city boundaries, and urban service areas. Smaller regions (i.e. towns, villages, and reserves) are incorporated into the corresponding rural area. The County of Wetaskiwin currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Update: April 3, 2020 

The County of Wetaskiwin is mailing out the following New Release to County residents to ensure that everyone is aware of how to access the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. 

Update: March 27, 2020 (See new April 7, 2020 update above)

News Release regarding AHS reporting. When Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, they divide the County of Wetaskiwin into two distinct reporting areas: Wetaskiwin County and Drayton Valley.  

Update: March 25, 2020

Public Notice of Council Meetings. March 31, 2020 Council General Meeting is Cancelled. April 9, 2020 Council for Planning & Economic Development and April 14, 2020 Council General Meetings, are scheduled to proceed with Council attending via video conferencing.

Update: March 23, 2020

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Wetaskiwin Region. View the joint Press Release from the City and County of Wetaskiwin for more information. 

Update:  March 18, 2020 (3:30 PM)

County buildings closed to the public effective 4:30 pm March 18, 2020.  View News Release.

Update:  March 18, 2020 (a.m.)

Public Libraries Services Branch (PLSB),  advised March 16, 2020, that all Libraries in the Province of Alberta, including the ones that serve the County of Wetaskiwin, shall be closed to the public immediately if they have not been already.

Update:  March 16, 2020

The County of Wetaskiwin Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) has been opened to monitor all situations and Provincial/Federal announcements, as is the case with numerous neighboring municipalities.  We have taken the following steps:

  • Our staff have been directed to do a mandatory 14-day self isolation for anyone returning from a trip or who has been in contact with anyone who has shown symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, cold, cough or respiratory issues).
  • Homemaking services and Medical Transportation have been suspended for at least 14 days.  Clients are urged to call the appropriate party for emergent issues such as need for medical supplies.
  • There shall be no personal attendance by County of Wetaskiwin staff for out of office meetings not related to an essential service.
  • The deadline for grant applications for Recreation/FCSS programs will be extended if necessary.
  • All salespeople visitations to County of Wetaskiwin buildings shall be prohibited until further notice.
  • The Winfield Agriplex (including the Ag Society) has been closed.
  • We highly recommend all community groups and libraries follow the same guidelines.

Administration will be monitoring the situation and will re-evaluate all circumstances as information becomes available.  For the most up to date information go to the link on our website or www.alberta.ca/covid19.

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